Brenda K Martone

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PURPOSE To evaluate whether administration of interleukin-2 (IL-2) with granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF) improves mobilization of immune effector cells into the stem-cell graft of patients undergoing high-dose chemotherapy and autografting. PATIENTS AND METHODS We performed a trial of stem-cell mobilization with IL-2 and G-CSF in advanced(More)
Patients with myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) show a decrease in the number and function of natural killer (NK) cells, including lymphokine activated killer (LAK) cell activity. Interleukin-2 (IL-2) stimulates the proliferation and activity of these lymphocytes. Anecdotal clinical experience has shown haematological and cytogenetic improvement in(More)
A limited institution Phase II pilot study was performed using a very low-dose combination of daily s.c. interleukin (IL)-2 with IFN-alpha-2b in patients with advanced renal cancer in an attempt to duplicate or increase the response documented with higher dose schedules without the attendant toxicity profile. We selected a dose of IL-2 with documented(More)
PURPOSE Angiostatin4.5 (AS4.5), the endogenous human angiostatin, is derived from plasminogen in a two-step process. A plasminogen activator converts plasminogen to plasmin, then plasmin undergoes autoproteolysis to AS4.5. A free sulfhydryl donor can mediate plasmin autoproteolysis. To translate this process to human cancer therapy, we conducted a phase I(More)
High-dose (HD) IL-2 is approved to treat renal cell carcinoma (RCC) with modest response rates and significant toxicity. Enhancement of cytotoxic T-cell activity by IL-2 is 1 mechanism of action. IL-2 also stimulates regulatory T lymphocytes (Tregs), which are associated with poor prognosis. Favorable outcomes are associated with greater rebound absolute(More)
466 Background: Many pts receiving tyrosine kinase inhibitors for RCC manifest stable disease as their best response by RECIST criteria. We hypothesized that tumor necrosis by DCE and DW-MRI after brief treatment with neoS may correlate with pathologic findings. We investigated in a pilot study whether these MRI changes may serve as an imaging biomarker(More)
BACKGROUND A prospective multi-institutional phase II trial was undertaken to define the activity and toxicity of a unique decrescendo infusion of interleukin-2 (IL-2) in combination with interferon (IFN) in patients with metastatic renal cell carcinoma. The identical regimen has shown promise in advanced melanoma. PATIENTS AND METHODS Between February(More)
BACKGROUND Temozolomide is efficacious as an oral alternative for patients with metastatic melanoma (MM). Calcitriol has anti-proliferative properties and vitamin D receptor (VDR) polymorphisms are associated with alterations in melanoma susceptibility and progression. METHODS Tem 150 mg/m2 was administered on days 2-8 and 16-22 every 28 days. Calcitriol(More)
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